Jonathan Gonzalez earns second call-up to Mexico's national team

Californian Jonathan Gonzalez remained in the mix for consideration for Mexico's World Cup team as he was named to El Tri squad for friendlies against Iceland and Croatia.

The squad includes 28 players so all won't dress for both games. Mexico will face Iceland at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on March 23, and Croatia at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on March 27.

The 18-year-old Gonzalez made a brief appearance in Mexico's match against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Jan. 31. His second call-up comes after he sat out Monterrey's match at Santos on Sunday with an unspecified injury.

In the Bosnia-Herzegovina match, Coach Juan Carlos Osorio only picked Liga MX and MLS players. The squad for the two March friendlies includes 13 Liga MX players, 13 players based in Europe and two MLS players, Jonathan dos Santos of the LA Galaxy and Carlos Vela of Los Angeles FC. Dos Santos' brother, Giovanni, is injured and out of the Mexico squad.

The lone newcomer is Omar Govea, who plays for tiny Belgian club Royal Excel Mouscron on loan from Porto. Govea and Gonzalez are believed to be among the players competing for one of the final berths on the World Cup team along with Jorge Hernandez of Pachuca and Jesus Molina, whose starting spot at Monterrey Gonzalez claimed last summer when Molina was away at the Gold Cup.

Mexico Roster:
Goalkeepers: Jose de Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege/BEL), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca).
Defenders: Edson Alvarez (Club America), Nestor Araujo (Santos), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Jesus Gallardo (UNAM), Miguel Layun (Sevilla/ESP), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad/ESP), Diego Reyes (FC Porto/POR), Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER).
Midfielders: Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey), Omar Govea (Royal Excel Mouscron/BEL), Andres Guardado (Real Betis/ESP), Jorge Hernandez (Pachuca), Hector Herrera (FC Porto/POR), Jesus Molina (Monterrey), Rodolfo Pizarro (Guadalajara).
Forwards: Javier Aquino (Tigres), Jesus Manuel Corona (FC Porto/POR), Jurgen Damm (Tigres), Javier Hernandez (West Ham/ENG), Raul Jimenez (Benfica/POR), Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven/NED), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC/USA).

FURTHER READING: Soccer America spoke to Dennis te Kloese, Director of Mexico's national teams, last month about Jonathan Gonzalez's chances of making Mexico's 2018 World Cup squad:
Dennis te Kloese on Jonathan Gonzalez, Mexico's emphasis on technique, and the U.S. style question

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